Tyson Chandler Reportedly Earns 2012 Defensive Player of the Year Honors

May 1st, 2012 by Gabe Zaldivar Leave a reply »
The New York Knicks may be in the midst of a tumultuous season, but star Tyson Chandler has been nothing but sound on the defensive end, taking home the season's title of Defensive Player of the Year. 

Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears reported via Twitter that Chandler will receive the award, some welcome news in an otherwise up-and-down year:

Knicks center Tyson Chandler to be named NBA Defensive Player of the Year tomorrow at team practice facility, source tells @YahooSports.

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) May 2, 2012  

It's been a long time coming for a player who is renowned for his defensive measures. In fact, it's his presence in the paint that is cited as the big reason the Dallas Mavericks edged out the Miami Heat for the title last season. 

Chandler earned All-Defensive Second Team honors last season, but he can now hold sway as the best defender in the Association. 

Chandlers's averages are up across the board, logging 9.9 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and .9 steals per game—not that you can quantify what Chandler lends the Knicks in paint presence. 

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